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Farms kept secret in GMO registry on Hawaii island

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:04 a.m. HST, Jul 09, 2014

HILO >> A judge is allowing Hawaii County to maintain a registry of genetically modified crops while preventing public disclosure of farmers' identities and specific farm locations.

Hilo Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday in response to papaya farmers who argued the Big Island's registry requirement would expose them to vandalism or theft of trade secrets.

The registry is part of the county's ban on open-air planting and testing of GMO crops. Papaya farmers are exempt from the ban but were required to participate in the registry.

The judge previously granted a temporary restraining order in favor of the papaya farmers, which put a hold on the registry requirements.

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald  the ruling is an acceptable compromise.

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Manawai wrote:
And now we have to protect our farmers from Anti-GMO vandals? This speaks volumes about the integrity of the anti-GMO movement.
on July 9,2014 | 10:33AM
Slow wrote:
Probably the papayas were cut down by anti-GMO folks. Or a nutty family member. Or a rival farmer. The vandalism speaks volumes about somebody vandalizing but not much else. Unless you actually know what you are talking about then you are making stuff up. But making stuff up is fun. Just like were kids.
on July 9,2014 | 11:14AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
That's not an isolated incident. Anti-GMO vandalism, including arson, is a mainstay of anti-science/anti-ag movement. This kind of vandalism is celebrated by Green Peace and other organizations that oppose biotech (i.e., modern science) in agriculture.
on July 9,2014 | 12:38PM
Sarak wrote:
More important to protect the public form GMO foods, or at least give them the choice of avoiding them, than to protect big Ag, imho. Probably some kick back going on here, clearly not a public interest focused decision. Makes you wonder.
on July 9,2014 | 10:30PM
eleu808 wrote:
Now just label this stuff so hawaii consumers can choose to eat GMO food or not. I quit eating GMO papaya after becoming allergic to neo-sporin. The papaya uses the neo-sporin marker to kill the ring spot virus. I was eating an anti-biotic when I do not want to eat an anti-biotic.
on July 9,2014 | 11:34PM
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